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Top Relief Squads

The table below lists the current top relief squads according to this data model. Relievers are consider those who are brought in to pitch relief more than game starts.

Teamname WAA
Washington_Nationals 7.8
San_Diego_Padres 7.6
Seattle_Mariners 7.0
Atlanta_Braves 6.0
Oakland_Athletics 5.1
St._Louis_Cardinals 3.5
San_Francisco_Giants 3.5
Boston_Red_Sox 3.4
Kansas_City_Royals 2.8
Cleveland_Indians 2.4

It wouldn’t be much fun if we didn’t show the bottom of the list.  The Dodgers have one of top overall pitching squads yet  their relief squad ranks #6 worst out of 30 teams.  For current MLB stats see http://baseball.brandylion.com/seasons/2014/top_ten

Teamname WAA
Houston_Astros -6.7
Colorado_Rockies -4.8
Detroit_Tigers -4.5
Toronto_Blue_Jays -4.0
Texas_Rangers -3.7
Arizona_Diamondbacks -3.6
Los_Angeles_Dodgers -2.1
Los_Angeles_Angels_of_Anaheim -2.0
Cincinnati_Reds -2.0
Tampa_Bay_Rays -2.0

Minor League Class of 2012 – Pitchers

This post focuses on pitchers who came out of the minor leagues in 2012. The rules for being in this list are as follows:

  • player played > 50 innings pitched on minor league team in 2012
  • player played < 50 innings pitched on minor league team in 2013

The resulting list is sorted by WAA for the 2013 MLB season.

Jose Fernandez

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2012 2.5 55.0 1.96 11 7 1 Jose_Fernandez_Jupiter_Hammerheads_MIA_fla PITCH
2013 7.0 172.7 2.19 28 12 6 Jose_Fernandez_MIA PITCH

Matt Harvey

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 -0.6 59.2 4.53 12 5 3 Matt_Harvey_Binghamton_Mets_NYN_east PITCH
2011 3.0 76.0 2.37 14 8 2 Matt_Harvey_St._Lucie_Mets_NYN_fla PITCH
2012 0.7 110.0 3.68 20 7 5 Matt_Harvey_Buffalo_Bisons_NYN_int PITCH
2012 1.9 59.3 2.73 10 3 5 Matt_Harvey_NYN PITCH
2013 6.7 178.3 2.27 26 9 5 Matt_Harvey_NYN PITCH

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Luis Avilan

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2010 -0.1 48.0 3.94 31 4 3 Luis_Avilan_Myrtle_Beach_Pelicans_ATL_car PITCH
2011 -1.2 106.1 4.57 36 4 8 Luis_Avilan_Mississippi_Braves_ATL_sl PITCH
2012 0.9 61.1 3.23 16 3 6 Luis_Avilan_Mississippi_Braves_ATL_sl PITCH
2012 1.8 36.0 2.00 31 1 0 Luis_Avilan_ATL PITCH
2013 3.7 65.0 1.52 75 5 0 Luis_Avilan_ATL PITCH

Joe Kelly

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 2.3 72.2 2.60 12 5 2 Joe_Kelly_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2011 -0.9 59.1 5.01 11 6 4 Joe_Kelly_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2012 3.2 72.1 2.86 12 2 5 Joe_Kelly_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2012 1.1 107.0 3.53 24 5 7 Joe_Kelly_SLN PITCH
2013 3.5 124.0 2.69 37 10 5 Joe_Kelly_SLN PITCH

Shelby Miller

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 1.4 53.0 2.89 9 2 3 Shelby_Miller_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2011 3.6 86.2 2.70 16 9 3 Shelby_Miller_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2012 -0.2 136.2 4.74 27 11 10 Shelby_Miller_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2012 0.9 13.7 1.32 6 1 0 Shelby_Miller_SLN PITCH
2013 3.3 173.3 3.06 31 15 9 Shelby_Miller_SLN PITCH

Justin Wilson

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2009 -1.6 116.0 4.50 26 6 8 Justin_Wilson_Lynchburg_Hillcats_PIT_car PITCH
2010 3.6 142.2 3.09 27 11 8 Justin_Wilson_Altoona_Curve_PIT_east PITCH
2011 -0.6 124.1 4.13 30 10 8 Justin_Wilson_Indianapolis_Indians_PIT_int PITCH
2012 0.1 135.2 3.78 29 9 6 Justin_Wilson_Indianapolis_Indians_PIT_int PITCH
2012 0.2 4.7 1.93 8 0 0 Justin_Wilson_PIT PITCH
2013 3.1 73.7 2.08 58 6 1 Justin_Wilson_PIT PITCH

Julio Teheran

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2010 1.3 63.1 2.98 10 4 4 Julio_Teheran_Myrtle_Beach_Pelicans_ATL_car PITCH
2010 0.7 40.0 3.38 7 3 2 Julio_Teheran_Mississippi_Braves_ATL_sl PITCH
2011 5.1 144.2 2.55 25 15 3 Julio_Teheran_Gwinnett_Braves_ATL_int PITCH
2011 -0.6 19.7 5.03 5 1 1 Julio_Teheran_ATL PITCH
2012 -3.6 131.0 5.08 26 7 9 Julio_Teheran_Gwinnett_Braves_ATL_int PITCH
2012 -0.3 6.3 5.68 2 0 0 Julio_Teheran_ATL PITCH
2013 3.1 185.7 3.20 30 14 8 Julio_Teheran_ATL PITCH

Dan Otero

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2008 0.6 27.0 3.67 27 1 1 Dan_Otero_San_Jose_Giants_SFN_cal PITCH
2009 2.5 39.0 1.15 39 0 3 Dan_Otero_Connecticut_Defenders_SFN_east PITCH
2010 0.2 13.1 4.05 10 3 0 Dan_Otero_San_Jose_Giants_SFN_cal PITCH
2011 2.4 38.0 1.42 23 2 1 Dan_Otero_Richmond_Flying_Squirrels_SFN_east PITCH
2011 1.6 36.0 3.25 33 2 3 Dan_Otero_Fresno_Grizzlies_SFN_pcl PITCH
2012 2.5 62.0 2.90 48 5 5 Dan_Otero_Fresno_Grizzlies_SFN_pcl PITCH
2012 -0.6 12.3 5.84 12 0 0 Dan_Otero_SFN PITCH
2013 2.3 27.1 0.99 23 1 0 Dan_Otero_Sacramento_River_Cats_OAK_pcl PITCH
2013 2.4 39.0 1.38 33 2 0 Dan_Otero_OAK PITCH

Seth Maness

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2011 -0.1 8.1 4.32 3 1 0 Seth_Maness_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 1.9 46.0 2.15 7 3 1 Seth_Maness_Palm_Beach_Cardinals_SLN_fla PITCH
2012 2.1 123.2 3.27 20 11 3 Seth_Maness_Springfield_Cardinals_SLN_tex PITCH
2013 0.1 25.0 4.32 4 2 2 Seth_Maness_Memphis_Redbirds_SLN_pcl PITCH
2013 2.3 62.0 2.32 66 5 2 Seth_Maness_SLN PITCH

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Successful Minor League Pitchers: Class of 2013

This set of tables show careers of the top ten minor league pitchers from the class of 2013 who had MLB success this year.  WAA is not a stat suited for ranking  players who played less than a full season.  Since WAA measures wins a player brings his team, not playing a full season means he has less chances at providing wins. It is  incorrect to extrapolate WAA to a full season. Past events don’t necessarily predict future events.  A WAA can turn south quickly and it may be just as likely a WAA will go down as it is to go up. The only thing you can take from a positive WAA is that that pitcher played above average — which is great for a minor league player graduating from the minors. It means he might be able to survive and perhaps be more than just an average MLB player. Minor league pitchers in this class can be ranked together however because they’re all in the same boat — they all played a partial year in the majors.

This list was derived by searching through the 2013 rosters of AAA, AA, and A+ and checking them against the 2013 MLB roster. These were then sorted by MLB WAA only allowing for pitchers with > 50 MLB innings pitched to be included. Less than 50 innings pitched introduces statistical anomalies.  Pitchers can have lucky streaks with few innings pitched posting higher than normal WAAs which wouldn’t properly reflect that player’s value. A couple of pitchers with very low ERAs were not included but they should show up on the list for next year.

These pitchers represent the top ten WAA out of 180  players who spent significant playing time in the minors this year.  Many of the 180 have been in and out of MLB several times. This and other lists to come will only show first time “graduating” minor league players. The next post will list the 2013 Class of batters.  Although batters and pitchers can be valued together through WAA I thought it would be easier to view them separately for this analysis.

After the Class of 2013 I’ll introduce the Class of 2012 and 2011. Most of the best of the 2012 class should have played an entire 2013 season in MLB which will give them a proper WAA valuation.  The 2011 should have played two full seasons but we’ll be sorting only on this year, 2013.

Tanner Roark

Year WAA BA/IP OBP/ERA PA/G RBI/W R/L Name_Tm BAT/PITCH
2008 0.7 30.0 3.60 12 1 3 Tanner_Roark_Bakersfield_Blaze_TEX_cal PITCH
2009 3.6 86.2 2.70 29 10 0 Tanner_Roark_Bakersfield_Blaze_TEX_cal PITCH
2009 -0.2 17.2 4.58 5 1 1 Tanner_Roark_Frisco_RoughRiders_TEX_tex PITCH
2010 1.5 36.0 2.50 6 1 1 Tanner_Roark_Harrisburg_Senators_WAS_east PITCH
2010 -0.7 105.0 4.20 22 10 5 Tanner_Roark_Frisco_RoughRiders_TEX_tex PITCH
2011 -1.8 117.0 4.69 21 9 9 Tanner_Roark_Harrisburg_Senators_WAS_east PITCH
2012 -1.5 147.2 4.39 28 6 17 Tanner_Roark_Syracuse_Chiefs_WAS_int PITCH
2013 1.9 105.2 3.15 33 9 3 Tanner_Roark_Syracuse_Chiefs_WAS_int PITCH
2013 3.1 53.7 1.51 14 7 1 Tanner_Roark_WAS PITCH

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